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Stand Your Ground

An Open Letter to the NRA and Its Trolls

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Yes, I know that Dylann Roof's gun purchase was legal. Perhaps no regulation would have prevented him from attaining a weapon. But is it possible that this disturbed young man felt entitled to take things into his own hands because of our gun culture?

Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush could wind up being America's next president. That's a statement that my fingers would actually refuse to type for several other Republicans, just because attempting to substitute "Donald Trump" or "Carly Fiorina" in that sentence would be so downright laughable.

'Stand Your Ground' Redux In Zimmerman Shooting

AP | Posted 05.29.2015 | Crime

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for a Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman said Friday that he planned to use a "Stand Your Ground...

New Tests Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

AP | By SCOTT SONNER | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The idea that a person's home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for...

Do Stand Your Ground Laws Make ANY Sense?

David Pakman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

I recently interviewed Robert Spitzer, a professor at SUNY Cortland who has researched and written extensively about so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws, which eliminate the duty to retreat when safe and feasible within self-defense doctrine.

Christopher Mathias

Georgia's Lax Gun Laws Led To Two Fatal Shootings Of NYPD Officers

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

Flags in New York City are again at half-mast for a fallen police officer. NYPD Officer Brian Moore, who was only 25 years old, was shot Saturday ...

Why George Zimmerman's Theology Is Flawed

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in 2012, thinks it was God’s will that the 17-year-old died -- but many Christians reje...

Samantha Lachman

Nevada GOP Pushes New Gun Law Reminiscent Of 'Stand Your Ground'

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Nevada state Senate committee considered a controversial package of gun-rights provisions on Wednesday, just a day before the third an...

Criminalizing Victims: How the Punishment Economy Failed Marissa Alexander

Zachary Norris | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Zachary Norris

For change to happen, we must focus our resources on mechanisms of support. There is another way forward that does not involve punishment or jail. It's time to stop criminalizing victims and provide help instead.

ReThink Review: American Sniper -- Can There Be Heroes on the Wrong Side of History?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I see soldier worship as harmful because it so easily morphs into support for wars, no matter how unjust, by letting our affection for our fellow citizens in uniform and our desire to see them come home alive obscure the truth behind what they're supposedly fighting and dying for, which is rarely as black and white as we are told or wish it to be.

Reviving Hope in Troubling Times: Ferguson and the Futures of Black Boys

Roderick Carey | Posted 01.25.2015 | Black Voices
Roderick Carey

If other black boys become used to grand jury decisions like this one, how can they -- or their families and friends -- ever hope to rekindle trust in American justice or democracy? If teenagers know only cynicism of the system that is supposed to protect them, both they and the greater society lose.

The Koch Brothers Sneak Into School

Bill Bigelow | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.

Democratic Lawmaker Says 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Benefit Black Defendants

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal civil rights commission evaluating racial disparities in the "stand your ground" laws is being told that they benefit...

Another Tech Giant Parts Ways With ALEC

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

Another tech giant is parting ways with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Yahoo's withdrawal from the group was confirmed in a stat...

There Were Elections on Tuesday? Do We Have a New President?

Desmond Miller | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Desmond Miller

Sadly this is the reality our country lives in. Many Americans, young and old, do not pay attention to local or state elections. Less than 18 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in Michigan's primary this year.

US Slammed for Failure to Fulfill Legal Obligation to Eliminate All Forms of Race Discrimination

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Three weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the CERD published a scathing report detailing how the U.S. has failed to fulfill its legal obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Since the U.S. ratified this treaty, it is part of U.S. law.

UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record * Says killing of Michael Brown "not an isolated event" * Decries racial bias of poli...

The Killing of Black Men Is an American Human Rights Disaster

David A. Love | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

For decades, American civil rights advocates have connected the dots between the domestic fight for civil rights and the international struggle for human rights.

ReThink Review: The Purge: Anarchy -- An Unlikely Allegorical Franchise

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Purge had interesting ideas but ultimately failed as the horror film it was marketed as. But with Anarchy, the pretense of being a horror movie seems to have been abandoned, leaving something pretty unique: a political allegory dystopian action thriller that slyly attacks conservative ideology.

The Best Way to Say No (While Saving Your Sanity and Your Soul)

Susan Harrow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Susan Harrow

Have you ever said yes to someone and then immediately regretted it? Saying no isn't always easy, but in the long run, it's always easier than living with the pain of a yes that you shouldn't have given.

Florida Extends 'Stand Your Ground' To Cover Warning Shots

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.22.2014 | Crime

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law Friday an extension of the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, which would cover warning shots....

Open Carry Makes It Easier for Criminals

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Criminals (and the mentally disturbed) must be popping champagne corks everywhere knowing that they can now go almost anywhere with weapon in hand, mix with the crowd until the time is right and then use it either to rob or shoot somebody.

Does Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Stand Up In a Personal Injury Case?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.21.2014 | Crime
Spencer Aronfeld

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is probably one of the most controversial and volatile pieces of legislation I have seen in my 25 years of legal experience as a practicing attorney in Florida.

The New Cold War - Florida Style

Gary Stein | Posted 07.05.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Right now it seems that the attitudes, fear and paranoia of the Cold War are back -- in Florida. This time, however, the weapon in question is not the atom bomb but the more personal conflict over handguns.